Ketchikan to Meyers Chuck
This was an easy 31 miles with a little bumpy chop along the way. The entrance to Meyers Chuck is a bit intimidating but we followed the charts and watched the sonar tube and made it in. It was an interesting place - more houses than expected. Even had its own post office. The post office lady, Cassie, also makes the most wonderful cinnamon rolls and even delivered them to the boat at 7:00 in the morning, still warm from the oven. There was a school house that was turned into a private residence since they ran out of school children to teach. On a walk you come across a rope spider web about 30’ long with a rusty steel spider in the middle. It poured rain all day so we didn’t do much.
From Meyers Chuck we headed to Santa Anna Inlet about 21 miles away. A nice easy ride through fog and rain. We caught a few prawns on Wednesday, but left the traps down overnight and that really paid off. On Thursday we pulled the pots in beautiful sunshine and every prawn was big, kind of like Ocean Falls. Patrick even caught an octopus which he is trying to figure out what to do with (great halibut bait). We have now left Santa Anna Inlet and are on our way to Wrangell.
Santa Anna to Wrangle
We took a long walk through the small town of Wrangell. Cruise ships don’t come here - it’s not set up for it. It has a sense of being a totally relaxed way of living and the people were very friendly. We enjoyed a prime rib mesquite smoked dinner with Miriam and Patrick to celebrate Patrick’s birthday.
Wrangell to Petersburg
Traveling through the Narrows on our way to Petersburg was beautiful and exactly what we expected to see in Alaska, snowcapped 3800’+ mountains. There are over 700 slips in the Petersburg marina with mostly commercial fishing boats occupying the marina. Of course we had a wonderful dinner of smoked black cod and halibut at a fine restaurant on he waterfront